A Day Without Rain
MP3Chart December 2000
Arguably Celtic/new age's biggest superstar, Enya makes a welcome return to form with her first album of new material since 1995's The Memory of Trees. Unlike Enya's past albums, however, and indicative of its simplistic album cover (Enya sitting on a bench and wearing a plain dress), A Day Without Rain comes off as less grand, without making the dramatic impressions of her biggest hits, "Orinoco Flow" and "Caribbean Blue."
Despite this, A Day Without Rain is an exquisite collection of soothing melodies and arrangements characterized by all the elements that made Enya popular in the first place. Multi-layered harmonies, gentle piano, resounding percussion, and plucky strings can all be found here presented in the dreamlike settings that surrounded such past albums as her 1988 breakthrough, Watermark, and 1991's Shepherd Moons.
Rain even kicks off with a moving instrumental title track, a gentle piano ballad similar to the title songs of both Watermark and Shepherd Moons. Following this is one of the album's most memorable tracks, "Wild Child" -- quite possibly this album's "Orinoco Flow" or "Anywhere Is." An enchanting, upbeat celebration of life that reminds us to stop and smell the roses, "Wild Child" rides over rhythmic strings and cascading background harmonies with such basic, yet profound lyrics as "Only take the time from the helter skelter / Every day you find everything's in kilter / You don't need a reason / Let the day go on and on."
Other album highlights include the infectious ballad "Only Time," the haunting "Tempus Vernum" (reminiscent of "Cursum Perficio" from Watermark), and the rollicking "Lazy Days." A Day Without Rain is not an album that's certain to grab you on first listen, but after several plays, it becomes so enticing that, like all of Enya's music, it's hard to resist.
Note: Transcribed by Troman.